The rookie forward suffered a hamstring strain during the first half of last Sunday's Western Conference semifinal match against FC Dallas.
Sounders forward Jordan Morris has been removed from the U.S. national team roster due to a strained hamstring, and his status is “day-to-day” for the first game of the Western Conference final series against Colorado, the federation announced and Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer confirmed Tuesday.
Morris suffered the injury late in the first half of Seattle’s conference semifinal game last Sunday, replaced by Oniel Fisher as a halftime sub. Yet there wasn’t a single moment Morris could pinpoint as to when he suffered the injury — just a general tightness and a sense that something was off.
“There was nothing specific,” Schmetzer said. “It was just accumulation.
“He didn’t really know that he actually strained it. He just felt some tightness at halftime. We were under the gun a little bit to make a quick decision. The decision was that he might have tweaked it a little bit. We said we need guys that are 100 percent on field. That’s why we scrambled.”
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Morris was replaced on the national team roster by Los Angeles forward Alan Gordon, having been officially ruled out by the U.S. Soccer medical staff not only for Friday’s showdown against rival Mexico but for the additional World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica next Tuesday. Morris flew to USMNT camp in Columbus on Monday morning and will return to Seattle later this afternoon. There was no official word as to whether he has undergone an MRI.
“It was just to be reevaluated, because a slight hamstring, some guys might take that risk, some guys might not,” Schmetzer said. “I’ve already said that, for the national team, it’s too big of a game to put a guy in there that is at 85, 90 percent. They can’t afford that, either. There’s just no way.”
Seattle does have a significant layoff before it returns to action in the conference finals on Nov. 22. The Sounders host the Rapids exactly two weeks from today for the first game of that series.
Morris has appeared in every single Sounders league game this season, all 34 regular-season matches plus the three playoff games. Only goalkeeper Stefan Frei had racked up more minutes than the 22-year-old native of Mercer Island entering the decisive leg of the Dallas series.